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“Harriet” tells the story of Harriet Tubman — but little else

“Harriet” tells the story of Harriet Tubman — but little else

By Thomas Wick, Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

It seems that the only way filmmakers are able to get nominated for an Academy Award is to release their film in the late fall, which only makes my job harder. One of those potential award nominees is the biopic “Harriet,” based on the life of the slave abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Review: “Joker?” I barely know her!

Review: “Joker?” I barely know her!

By Kieran Mclean, Senior Staff Writer

October 9, 2019

In the beginning of Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” the titular character Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) gets beaten up by a teenage gang so deliberately characterless it could’ve been pulled from a ’90s morning cartoon.

‘Rocketman’ blasts off

‘Rocketman’ blasts off

By Melanie Pantano, For The Pitt News

June 11, 2019

“Rocketman” is the story that Elton John wants us to know.

‘Booksmart’: not another teen movie

‘Booksmart’: not another teen movie

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2019

High school is an awkward, four-year transition from childhood into semi-adulthood. While no two adolescent experiences are the same, the years we spend in high school are weird, confusing and sometimes awful. “Booksmart” captures it all.

Review: ‘After’ provokes unintended laughter

Review: ‘After’ provokes unintended laughter

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Senior Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

Last week, another fanfiction-turned-novel- turned-movie by the name “After” was released, and was as underwhelming and convoluted as the original work.

“Phantom Thread” weaves a tale of style and strange love

“Phantom Thread” weaves a tale of style and strange love

By Vikram Sundar | For The Pitt News

February 8, 2018

Leading man Daniel Day-Lewis sews his way into our hearts once again in the stylish, yet heartfelt “Phantom Thread.” Written and directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread” is an engrossing portrait of the posh, self-indulgent realm of fashion-driven aristocrats in impove...

Pitt alumni produce ‘Body Farm’ film

Pitt alumni produce ‘Body Farm’ film

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

January 16, 2018

When a friend offhandedly suggested that Brandon Keenan — a 2005 graduate of Pitt’s media communication program — research the strange topic of body farms, he quickly discovered a potential story unfolding before him.   Keenan, 34, has now seen the production of his first feature film, a psycholog...

Ending whitewashing is simple: just look at Ed Skrein

Ending whitewashing is simple: just look at Ed Skrein

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

September 27, 2017

Hollywood has a complicated relationship with racial injustice in America, and for good reason — minority actors still struggle for representation in the industry. But when I heard controversy brewing about whitewashing yet again, I couldn’t believe that our nation hasn’t made more progress. ...

Songs over storyline: music fuels Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver”

Songs over storyline: music fuels Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver”

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

June 27, 2017

After watching Edgar Wright’s new film “Baby Driver,” I have no doubt Wright would be a ton of fun at karaoke night. Wright’s newest film prioritizes its soundtrack — packing a whopping 30 tracks — more than any other feature films to come out in the past few years, aside from James Gunn’...

Last step: Pitt students hold inaugural film festival

Last step: Pitt students hold inaugural film festival

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2017

Nick Freeman had until 5 p.m. Saturday to submit his film for the first Pitt Film Festival, a showcase of short Pitt student films. He submitted it two minutes before deadline to Jake Savitz, the festival’s organizer, who would hand Freeman the festival’s most popular picture award two days later. ...

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